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  • The ‘Silents’ of Jesus

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    From the very earliest days of cinema, the life of Jesus, and especially his passion and resurrection, was a favorite subject of filmmakers.   Few of the earliest films were more than a few minutes long, and most were primitive compared to the… read more

  • An Inherited Nightmare

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    First-time filmmaker Robert Eggers’ extraordinary horror film The Witch begins with an earnest, gravel-voiced dissident named William (Ralph Ineson) boldly defying a grim-faced panel of Puritan judges. When one of them reminds him that they… read more

  • Empathy Across Dividing Lines

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    Jean Renoir is best known for writing and directing a pair of towering masterpieces made two years apart, Grand Illusion (1937) and Rules of the Game (1939). Both films defy lazy characterization; neither has an obvious protagonist or… read more

  • Always an Indians Fan

    by Sean Patrick

    Editor’s Note: Last fall, the beloved Cleveland Indians of longtime Catholic Digest columnist Sean Patrick lost the World Series in a heartbreaking seventh game to the Chicago Cubs. It was an improbable matchup for two franchises accustomed to … read more

  • Reinventing the Vault: Disney's Classy New Remakes

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    A couple of years ago, I confess, I would have cringed at the very idea of a live-action Disney remake of their towering 1991 animated masterpiece Beauty and the Beast. I still have concerns about Bill Condon’s film, which opens March 17 &… read more

  • Here's to the Hearts that Ache

    by Christopher West

    The hit musical La La Land recently tied 1997 blockbuster Titanic for the most Academy Award nominations ever (14). It’s certainly a movie worth checking out if you haven’t seen it, even if you, like me, haven’t … read more

  • "For things to remain the same, everything must change"

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    “Ours is a country of arrangements,” Prince Don Fabrizio Corbera of Salina tells his chaplain, Father Pirrone, in Luchino Visconti’s monumental, melancholy historical epic The Leopard, based on the novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa. Another… read more

  • A Transporting Vision

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    I have watched Spirited Away more times than I can count, and each time I notice new details. I’m not sure how I never noticed before today the way Haku steps out of his shoes as he steps up into the bath house of the spirits while another … read more

  • The List Is Life

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    From the armbands to the ghettos, from forced labor to extermination camps and beyond, Schindler’s List covers the successive historical stages of the Final Solution more comprehensively than any other popular film had at the time, or… read more

  • Not Just Capra-Corn

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    “A figment of simple Pollyanna platitudes,” New York Times critic Bosley Crowther wrote in 1946. “A terrifying, asphyxiating story about growing up and relinquishing your dreams,” another New York Times writer wrote… read more

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